Jason Palmer : Songbook

Young Boston-based trumpeter Jason Palmer makes a strong debut with this vibrant release for the Barcelona-based label. A sterling player and intelligent composer, Palmer ignites a core group of fellow youngbloods in vibist Warren Wolf, pianist Leo Genovese, bassist Matt Brewer and drummer Tommy Crane. They swing hard on the bristling “Checkmate,” stretch on the suitelike “Priest Lake” and deliver in heartfelt fashion on the beautiful ballad “One for J Mac.” Mentors Greg Osby and Ravi Coltrane appear as special guests on five potent tracks.